by Marisa Marcantonio

Are you ready for the 4th of July? Or are you feeling like it just snuck up on you like ever holiday seems to? Get ready for some fun in the sun, with some beach reads, red white and blue wardrobe additions and entertaining basics that will carry over from year to year. Because after all, this classic color combo is going nowhere fast.

Photo courtesy of Assouline

Photographer Claiborn Swanson Frank's new book American Beauty by Assouline  captures accomplished women in their natural habitats.  With a distinctly American point of view, her photographs tell their design stories with a mix of glamour grounded in realness. 

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Melamine plates are a great basic to have on hand for summer entertaining. Schooner Melamine Plates from West Elm has old school summer idyl charm.

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Serve seafood on this cute stripey fish platter by designer John Newdigate for West Elm.

Photo courtesy of C. Wonder

Make sure your holiday guests don't leave rings on your Oomph tables! Nautical Paper Coasters, set of 12 C. Wonder.

Photo courtesy of J. Faukner

Send cute thank you notes for your hostess gifts like these Nautical Lifesaver Thank you's from J. Faukner.

Photo courtesy of C. Wonder

Need a cheap and cheerful hostess gift to give in a pinch? Try this Anchor Decorative Plate from C. Wonder. The classic anchor and striped border are ship shape.

Photo courtesy of Clare Vivier

Having just visited her all-white Silverlake shop, I was instantly taken with this Clare Vivier racing stripe pochette. A great carry-along or addition to a stuffed market tote.

 Photo courtesy of Rikshaw Designs

Block printed in India, Rickshaw Designs Classic Kurta goes from beachside to barside.

 Photo courtesy of J. Crew

Take to the waves in style with this crisp navy and white Anchor Bathing Suit from J. Crew.

Photo courtesy of J. Crew

Guys, here are some J. Crew stylin' shorts to wear to Docktails, a new expression I learned for dockside cocktails. Yup, you heard it here.

 Photo courtesy of MZ Wallace

Tote it all with MZ Wallace's manageable stripey red and white tote.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Hand blocked prints are huge right now. From interiors to caftans, the prints have made their mark. I can't get enough of them. I am loving Rikshaw Design, started by the super talented Catherine Fitzsimmons of San Francisco. Her boho chic aesthetic and experience at Ralph Lauren as a visual merchandiser and as a textile buyer at Pottery Barn gave her the eye to launch a new venture. In 2008, she followed her instincts and travel inspirations, and started a baby bedding and accessories company with an ethnic twist. This spring, kids rooms and guest rooms will now be reminiscent of travel in exotic lands. By tweaking classic patterns, printing them in turquoise, green and hot pink brights, and creating contemporary designs, she has carved out a unique niche. Printed on cotton voile, the fabrics get softer over time.

Baby shower gift alert! A Camel Pillow. Insanely cute.

An adorable Taj paisley print elephant pillow. The trunk is turned upward so it is all good.

Paisley and flowers work with one another in the Bombay blue and green twin bedding.

Jaipur, an all- over floral in pink and pale green has a a wide and narrow stripe on the reverse.

Lali in pink and melon has a large and small floral. You can never have too many flowers.

Bring the jungle to you! Taj has elephants and monkeys in a pale pink and white pattern.

Taj Duvets have a small paisley on one side and elephants on the other with brightly colored borders. Hello spring bedding.

Taj Boudoir Pillows with little monkeys all in a row.


Just launched Kurtas! From the farmer's market to the beach keep these cover-ups within reach. They are available in May.

Photos by Ericka McConnell
Dress them up, dress them down, these Kurtas will always be around.